HOMETOWN HEROES–Banners honoring local veterans Alfred Stellhorn and Gilbert Stellhorn are currently on display at the Red Bud VFW Post. Pictured with the banners are: Lorna Schneider, Bernice Salger, Edward Stellhorn, Irma Birkner, Kathy Nagel, Brian Stellhorn, Nancy Schwartz, Margie Buch and Sandra Ruhmann.
The latest Hometown Heroes featured by Red Bud VFW Post 6632 are brothers Alfred and Gilbert Stellhorn.
Cpl. Alfred A. Stellhorn was born Oct. 27, 1930 and was drafted at the age of 21 on Jan. 15, 1952. He completed 16 weeks of basic training in Hawaii, and transferred to Korea for 13 months as a truck driver for the 38th Infantry Battalion and Tank Company. He returned to the States to Camp Crowder in Missouri and was discharged on Oct. 15, 1953.
Pfc. Gilbert P. Stellhorn was born on Oct. 17, 1932 and was drafted at the age of 20 on Feb. 4, 1953. He completed 16 weeks of basic training at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, and then was stationed at Ft. Bliss, Texas where he was involved in the testing of missiles. He was discharged in 1954.
For more on the Hometown Heroes, please see this week’s print edition.